Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Texas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides annual salaries and hourly wages for speech-language pathologists in a large number of cities and regions of Texas as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
100
63320
Amarillo TX
70
62110
Austin-Round Rock TX
830
65360
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
110
65650
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
160
86610
College Station-Bryan TX
40
75070
Corpus Christi TX
220
70540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
4520
82380
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
3530
85810
El Paso TX
430
75800
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
990
70100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX
2610
82560
Killeen-Temple TX
130
70220
Laredo TX
80
79100
Longview TX
40
82090
Lubbock TX
120
61010
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
240
74430
Midland TX
30
71310
San Angelo TX
40
62300
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
1210
74920
Sherman-Denison TX
140
73550
Texarkana TX-AR
60
88400
Tyler TX
130
92370
Victoria TX
Estimate not released
85330
Waco TX
170
59840
Wichita Falls TX
50
78430
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
160
62190
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
210
69050
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
100
81840
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
160
67110
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
30
68320
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
150
75770

Exceptionally High Rates of Job Growth and Employment Levels for SLPs in Texas

Texas had the highest numberr of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 12,700 people practiced as SLPs in the state that year.

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Certain metropolitan areas of Texas ranked highly for their number and concentration of jobs for speech-language pathologists:

  • Sherman-Denison: highest concentration of jobs in the country
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: 3rd highest number of jobs in the country
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: 4th highest number of jobs

Almost half of the SLPs in Texas were employed in the Dallas and Houston areas in 2015.

The increase in the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in Texas will exceed 25% between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Workforce Commission. Projections suggest that the this rate will be even higher in a number of the state’s Workforce Development Areas (WDAs):

  • Alamo—31.4%
  • Tarrant County—30.5%
  • Cameron County—30.4%
  • Gulf Coast—29.9%
  • Capital Area—29.2%
  • North Central—28.8%
  • Heart of Texas—28.6%
  • Middle Rio Grande—28.6%
  • Brazos Valley—27.3%
  • South Texas—26.7%
  • Dallas—26.6%

The number of jobs for SLPs should average 485 a year during the time frame of these projections. More than one-quarter of the total jobs in the state that will become available should be in the Gulf Coast WDA which comprises the Houston-Galveston area.

Speech-Language Pathology Salaries in Texas

Experienced speech-language pathologists in the top 10% eraned an average of $128,211 ($61.64 hourly) as of 2015 according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The median salary among the state’s SLPs was $71,086 ($34.18 hourly).

The median salary among speech-language pathologists in the Dallas Workforce Development Area was the highest in the state. Shown below are the areas of Texas with the highest median salaries for SLPs:

Dallas:

  • Annual: $85,516 – $150,114
  • Hourly: $41.11 – $72.17

Golden Crescent:

  • Annual: $81,650 – $146,092
  • Hourly: $39.25 – $70.24

Gulf Coast:

  • Annual: $74,774 – $128,061
  • Hourly: $35.95 – $61.57

South Texas:

  • Annual: $73,897 – $115,107
  • Hourly: $35.53 – $55.34

East Texas:

  • Annual: $73,851 – $155,114
  • Hourly: $35.51 – $74.57

North East Texas:

  • Annual: $73,060 – $120,704
  • Hourly: $35.13 – $58.03

Alamo:

  • Annual: $72,250 – $104,436
  • Hourly: $34.74 – $50.21

Lower Rio Grande Valley

  • Annual: $72,021 – $100,972
  • Hourly: $34.63 – $48.54

North Central Texas

  • Annual: $71,189 – $126,097
  • Hourly: $34.23 – $60.52

Texoma:

  • Annual: $70,585 – $100,645
  • Hourly: $33.94 – $48.39

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